The Wildlife Photography of Gay Bumgarner

Gay Bumgarner by Grindstone Creek Wildlife photography by Gay Bumgarner

See a collection of Gay Bumgarner’s photography on display at the Columbia Public Library this month. Entitled “One Good Shot Is All I Need,” the show features a variety of wildlife shots including birds, insects, flowers and landcapes.

Gay Bumgarner moved to Columbia from Independence, Missouri to attend college. After receiving her degree, she married and settled in Columbia and began gardening around her home. In the 1960s she started her own business as a landscape designer. She designed, built and maintained award-winning residential and commercial gardens throughout the Midwest for thirty years. Her early projects include a commission to design the landscape around the Columbia Public Library in 1969.

Designing gardens to attract wildlife was one of Bumgarner’s artistic specialties and naturally led to an interest in the animals themselves. In the 1980s she combined her interest in photography with her love of birds and animals to begin a second career in stock photography, which she pursued for over 25 years. Gay sold her photographs to several stock agencies including Getty Images. She exhibited locally at the Poppy Gallery and the Columbia Art League and provided photographs to the Sierra Club for calendars, cards and bookmarks.

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